Saturday, September 18, 2010

Short Story - Melbourne Band - Pre Girl Overboard - Lisa Schouw

In 1981 Lisa Schouw auditioned as a vocalist for Melbourne band “Pointz”.

It was in this band that she met Robin Gist for the first time.

Over a period of two years the band changed its name to “Short Story”, played around Melbourne, almost secured a publishing and recording deal with Wheatley Records and finally self-destructed.

Lisa went back to New Zealand for about six months, but decided to return to Australia and met up with Robin to begin writing songs.

After auditioning various players they settled on keyboards player Brett McNaughton and together the three formed “Separate Tables” in 1987.

The line-up was augmented by Lee Davidson on drums and Jenny Milroy on backing vocals and percussion.

The band released an independent single - “Long Dark Night” backed with “Wrap Your Arms Around Me”.

After a year of writing and gigging the band secured a recording deal with RCA/BMG, a gig as the support act for John Farnham’s “Jack’s Back” tour and spent months on the road promoting the single “When The Word Came Down” playing Entertainment Centres and concert halls around Australia.

The next single “Change My Sex” was largely ignored by radio.

John Favaro joined the band on bass guitar and another single - “Wrap Your Arms Around Me” was released.

The band began recording their debut album “Paint a Picture” with producer Ross Fraser at Metropolis Studios in Melbourne.

After leaving Little Heroes in 1983 , I was offered the front of house gig with Short Story and spent the next 12 or so months working with them.

Short Story had a few residency's around Melbourne at the time... including The Chevron Hotel in St. Kilda Road and a popular Saturday arvo gig at The Prospect Hill Hotel in Kew.

They were also a regular at the Billboard nightclub in Melbourne.

Much of this information has been gathered from Lisa Schouw's personal website at

Rob Gist the guitarist has a website for his Sydney recording studio, Tonemaster Productions

This is a link to the Girl Overboard - Paint A Picture album on my TrashedByTime blog.

This was the last show of a run of Saturdays as the resident band at the Prospect Hill Hotel in Kew, Victoria.

This was recorded on the 14th May 1983.

I have preserved the recording "as is"... some instruments went through the mixing desk... some were loud enough on stage to be left out of the mix.

I truly do encourage you to listen to the whole show as I feel it starts off a little shaky but certainly gets better after the band has warmed up.

Some songs are covers. eg: The Police, Blondie... some originals.

My favourite song is track 11, Golden Angel.  I also like track 13, Riviera.

Golden Angel sure shows off the range of Lisa's voice!!

I will be releasing several different shows that I have on tape over the next few weeks.  Most will contain the same songs but the PA's being different can change the sound drastically.

On this recording there are 20 tracks in all... :-

A Place In The Sun
I Can't Feel
No Time
Doors Of Fate
I Can't Stand Losing You
Call Me
Pie In The Sky
People On A Train
I See You
Take A Look
Golden Angel
Inside My Head
She Never Lets You Know
Accident Never Happen
Home Is Where The Heart Is
End Of The Line

I hope you enjoy the show......

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Short Story - Live At The Prospect Hill Hotel - 14-05-83

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Little River Band - Live Classics

This was a 1994 release on the new defunct Trauma Records label.

Live Classics is a live album by Little River Band. It also included 2 new studio tracks at the time.

This album was recorded during the band's 1992 world tour.

It was the last Little River Band album (other than compilation albums) to feature Glenn Shorrock still as lead vocalist.

The band as they were when this album was recorded are :-

Glenn Shorrock - lead vocals
Wayne Nelson - bass, vocals
Derek Pellicci - drums
Stephen Housden - lead guitar
Peter Beckett - guitar, vocals (Player)
Richard Bryant - keyboards, vocals

Track include the following :-

Happy Anniversary
It's a Long Way There
I Dream Alone
Man on Your Mind
Lonesome Loser
Take It Easy on Me
Baby Come Back
Walk Together
The Night Owls
Help Is on Its Way
Cool Change
Summertime Blues

Walk Together (studio)
My Own Way Home (studio)

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LRB - Live Classics - Artwork ONLY

The Little River Band - Live Classics 1994

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Little Bit Of History - Hard Rock Cafe Flyer - Melbourne 1974

I have recently began to track down old mates from the 70's. Just gotta love the wonder of the internet.

My old mate "Milly" was a guy in our circle that I hung out with a hell of a lot back in those days and he sent me something I wish to share with you that you may find interesting.

Thanks Milly...

Firstly, I'd like to ask any of you out there if you can recall any of the many names that were applicable to the old venue at number 1 Spring Street Melbourne.  

I can recall Berties and Hard Rock Cafe (not to be confused with the current Hard Rock) but I am curious as to the other names.  One name that keeps springing to mind is Blaises.

This flyer is for Hard Rock Cafe and covers the months entertainment.

The flyer is for October 1974.

You will note on it that it must have been one of AC/DC's first Melbourne gigs as they were billed as AC DC (from Sydney). Turns out this was approximately a month after Bon Scott joined as singer.

I am absolutely amazed that this single flyer contains so much history in what bands were playing in a single month in just one venue in Melbourne.

Combine that in itself with the fact that there were many, many venues of similar calibre on at the same time in Melbourne, cementing the town's place as the rock capital of Australia.

I hope this little gem from the past brings back a few memories for some of you.

Ohhh... and I was at the venue most Fridays and Saturdays at the time and was lucky enough to be in the audience for the second last show... with AC/DC slaying a crowd that had never seen them before. All for a lousy $2.10.

Anyway... enough waffling... here's the link for the flyer, supplied in PDF format.

Hard Rock Cafe Flyer 1974

Glyn Mason - Live At The Moonee Ponds Tavern - 1980

This was recorded at the Moonee Ponds Tavern one night when Glyn supported Spectrum when they first reformed some time after Ariel.

Sadly the whole table I was seated at was removed from the premises (and I SWEAR it wasn't my joint) before Spectrum came on that night and I didn't get a recording of them.

The photo above was taken around the time of this recording.

Track 1 - Looking Across The Water
Track 2 - Georgia On My Mind
Track 3 - Music For Money
Track 4 - It's Only Love
Track 5 - Desperado
Track 6 - The Road
Track 7 - Say
Track 8 - Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues

Currently Glyn is still playing live in Melbourne with Sam See under the name of The Pardoners. Their website can be found HERE

Artwork Included (thanks Micko) / cassette rip / 320kbps MP3 format

The link follows...

Glyn Mason - Live - Moonee Ponds Tavern - 1980

The Dingoes Live At The Charles Hotel Perth - Photos

Saturday, 21st August,  I went to The Charles Hotel in North Perth and had the pleasure of seeing the classic Oz band, The Dingoes... reformed after 30 years perform.

The whole experience opened a floodgate of memories for me.

With a relatively small crowd for the venue of around 120 people we were thoroughly entertained with songs from their new album, Tracks and from their older songs that the crowd obviously knew and loved.

I have to admit that the first few playings of the new Tracks album didn't seem to grab me like previous recordings from the band had.  However... the more I have listened I have grown to love most of the tracks on the album.

Many thanks to the band for signing my copy of the album.

I took quite an array of over 200 photos on the night and most are available HERE on Photobucket for visitors to Trashed By Time.

This post has been relocated here from the ~~TrashedByTime~~ blog.

The photo below is Kerryn Tolhurst's Gretsch on the night... probably one of the best photos I have ever taken!

Rare Redgum Live

Back in the late 1970's I had the pleasure of attending a concert at Collingwood Town Hall in Melbourne. One of the artists performing was the Adelaide based band, Redgum.

This recording is of a "fill in" track that Redgum used at such times as when they broke a guitar string and had a short time to fill while they did a re-string.

This track was recorded in an unusual way... using Sennheiser Binaural Stereo Microphones mounted on a dummy recording head on the side of the mixing desk platform, direct to a Nakamichi Cassette Deck. It brings a live sound from near the rear of the room that has a clear, crisp quality, whilst still maintaining that ambience that can only be obtained from recording in the middle of an audience.

This is nothing like the Redgum songs you are used to... I hope you enjoy!!

This post has been relocated here from the ~~TrashedByTime~~ blog.

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McArthur's Fart

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Moving Pictures - EON - FM Live Similcast

I remember seeing Moving Pictures live many times in both Melbourne and Sydney in the 1980's,  but one night sticks out in my mind...

It was the Horden Pavillion in Sydney and Moving Pictures were support act to Elton John.

At the end of Moving Pictures set a strange figure walked up to the microphone.

It was Australian actor, Bruce Spence and he announced that England had just gone to war with Argentina.... and so The Falklands War began...

Funny how such things stick in your head after all these years.

Moving Pictures were one of my favourite acts over the years... and more so from their strong live performances than their recorded material.  We all had the records of course... but to see these guys live was something special.

For a full bio and information / discography on Moving Pictures here is a link to their Wikipedia info page

I was fortunate enough in my younger days to tape just about every bit of music I could. The unfortunate part is some thieves many years ago chose to relieve me of most of my collection.

This recording however survived all this time.  It is from an EON - FM  Stereo Home Box Office similcast.

My recording was done direct from a Kenwood tuner to a Nakamichi 482ZX cassette deck, which I was lucky enough to have at the time.   The thing about Nakamichi's is if you used a decent quality tape you didn't lose much of the original sound.

This show was done just before the release of their second album Matinee, which hit the shelves in October 1983.

I have tried to cut the tracks at points I personally thought appropriate... but it should be noted that sometimes due to cutting out of adverts and station signatures it  made the cutting sound rather abrupt at certain points. Unfortunately that could not be helped.

here is an actual clip from this similcast....

Anyways... I present for your enjoyment 11 tracks from Moving Pictures.

Track list :-

Round Again
It Must Be Love
Sisters Of Mercy
Nothing To Do
So Tired
Sweet Cherie
What About Me?
Angel And The Madman
Bustin' Loose

I truly hope you turn up the volume and enjoy these great tracks.

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Moving Pictures Live on Stereo Home Box Office


Welcome to my new blog, Live Preserver... 
we are here to do nothing but preserve live music for the future generations!!

This site will contain nothing but live recorded Australian music and photos.

The recordings will come from various sources..... some similcasts, some live straight from the mixing desk.

These recordings are a warts and all glimpse into a band in live performance

I am appealing to any Australian band from the 60's to now that if you'd like a representation of your live performance to be showcased then this is the blog for you.

The first post on this new blog is an EON - FM / Stereo Home Box Office similcast of Moving Pictures live in 1983.

It features the big hit... What About Me?... and my own personal favourite The Angel And The Madman